According to Italian publication Calciomercato, Arsenal are set to make a move for Inter and Croatia attacking midfielder Ivan Perisic in the summer.
The Croatian international has frequently been linked with moves to the Premier League in the past with the likes of Chelsea and Everton mooted as possible destinations for the former Wolfsburg star.
The Italian media claim that Inter rated Perisic in the region of £29.5million. The star only cost the Nerazzurri £16million when he arrived in 2015.
Impressive for club and country
Whether it is for club or country Perisic always seems to produce impressive displays. He was one of Croatia’s standout players at Euro 2016 and in the club game most recently in Serie A with Inter, where he has become one of their key players.
From when he first started featuring for Dortmund, Perisic has always looked like a bright and inventive player. This season he has been consistent for Inter, scoring seven times and providing six assists with the Nerazzurri in the hunt for the European spots this season.
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It seems Perisic may be considered a possible replacement for either Mesut Ozil or Alexis Sanchez, whose futures at the club both look in doubt with the pair in contract stand-offs with the north London club.
If either or in a worst case scenario both stars leave the Gunners, they will need to be replaced and Perisic looks to be one of the leading candidates to come in and fill the void left by one of the stars.
Although a good player, I do not believe he is in the same class as Alexis Sanchez. He is a very different player to the Chilean. I rated Mesut Ozil as a player, but in terms of loss, he would be a far lesser loss than Sanchez would be.
Maybe depend on Champions League qualification
As we all know the race for the top four and the Champions League spots is a very tight one. The Gunners are currently odds of evens to make the top-four this season.
However, much of their transfer plans will depend on if they get in the Champions League. Players will obviously prefer to sign for clubs in Europe’s elite competition, so if the Gunners fail to make the top-four this season it could be majorly damaging to their summer transfer plans.
For me, Perisic would be a good signing for the Gunners, but it seems that Arsenal may have stiff competition for the star from Chelsea, while Inter are also going to be reluctant to let him leave.
Would Ivan Perisic be a good summer signing for Arsenal?